Time to say Goodbye

by Naomi on April 29, 2011

in Bulletin Board, Daily Life

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As prepared as we may try to be, we never are entirely. That just seems to be the way of it. We bid farewell to Tex yesterday, shedding tears for the fourteen years of unconditional love that’s so unique to dogs. Despite dealing repeatedly with death, it’s still somehow inconceivable that one moment he’s with us . . .

garden with dog

TEX AT HOME - Johannesburg, South Africa

. . . and the next he’s not.

HOME WITHOUT TEX - Johannesburg, South Africa

There’s comfort in the peace of his passing, which mirrors the overwhelming majority of his life – apart from the terrors of our Highveld storms. The top pic was taken some months ago, before the rapid acceleration of old age, showing the gentle soul we’ll always treasure. For the record, here’s another in younger years:

TEX - younger

R.I.P. beautiful boy. Our love goes with you, like in this haunting song by the brilliant Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman:

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

theonlycin April 29, 2011 at 8:11 am

So sad, Naomi, my condolences to you and Dave.

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thank you, Cindy, xo

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Amy @ Soul Dipper April 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

Heartbreaking, Naomi., to say goodbye to such a love. I certainly know that he has been one very loved dog. The younger and older photos both display such gentleness. Bye Tex. Please snuggle up with my puzz cats!

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 9:36 am

Thanks for the smile, Amy πŸ™‚ Although Tex wasn’t a natural at taking to cats, he did develop a beautiful understanding with Jina over time. They would nuzzle noses every now and then, mostly it appeared when they thought we weren’t looking…I’m sure he’ll snuggle with yours now! xo

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Dave Estment April 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

Farewell my friend. You were truly a blessing to Nome and I. Quest is really missing you as well. I will never forget your handsome, proud countenance looking me straight in the eye that kept me on the straight and narrow. R.I.P.

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Some task that too, babe, keeping you on the straight and narrow πŸ˜€ Love you, XO

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kateshrewsday April 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

Naomi, what a beautiful tribute to a special personality. It is one of the saddest things I know that dogs live just a matter of 20 years while we live 90: we bid goodbye to great friends along the way, and often their parting is our first experience of bereavement. In my past are Buster and Paddy, and Tuppence. Tex was a special and beautiful character: he added so much during his time here. What a blessing he was.

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

So true, Kate – each and every one is a blessing. I hope they’re all playing to their hearts’ content now πŸ™‚

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viewfromtheside April 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

so sad when they go. we love them so much

*hugs and sympathy*

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

We do, thank you, Sidey πŸ™‚ xo

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the WORST mother April 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

Imagine– even though I’m on another continent I can feel his presence… still. Hugs to you and Dave, dear Naomi.
xo

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Ah, Lin, we’re all connected really aren’t we πŸ™‚ Thank you for your lovely comment and kindness, xo

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Carol Ann Hoel April 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

It’s sad to lose a pet. Dogs are so loyal and loving. What a sweet tribute to his passing. Blessings to you, Naomi…

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Thank you, Carol – blessings to you too, xo

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Jamie Dedes April 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

This is so hard, so hard to bear the loss and so hard to try to sit in that place of “we had so much and loved so much.” I’m so sorry. Blessings to you and Dave and Tex.

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thanks so much on behalf of us all, Jamie πŸ™‚

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nrhatch April 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

This post made me cry . . . losing our beloved pets is so very hard.

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Ah, sorry Nancy…thank you so much for caring, you lovely soul, xo

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Lance April 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Rest in peace and comfort, Tex…

And Naomi and Dave – may you always hold the memory of him close to your soul….

Much peace,
Lance

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Naomi April 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Thank you from us all, Lance. I’m sure Tex is enjoying far greater comfort now. Much peace in return to you πŸ™‚

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Booksphotographsandartwork May 1, 2011 at 2:59 am

Oh I am so very sorry to hear this. I can’t look at the pic because I will cry. I had to do this twice within two years about 5 years ago. It was so horrible. People outside the vet’s office probably thought I needed to be put away. Hugs to you.

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Naomi May 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

So sorry for your losses too & special hugs in return, xo

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Mr. Mojo Risin May 3, 2011 at 2:59 am

I’m sorry to hear about your loss. He definitely looks like a gentle beast and I say that with only respect. Time heals all wounds…Well memory loss doesn’t hurt either, probably more effective in fact. I wish Dave and yourself the best and I give my sympathies.

Til next time,

Mr. Mojo Risin

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Naomi May 4, 2011 at 7:56 am

Thanks a ton, Mr. Mojo Risin πŸ™‚ We apprecate your kindness & send best wishes back to you.

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Britt June 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Awww! What a precious dog. I’m sorry to hear of his departure. I shed a little tear for him.

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Naomi June 23, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Ah, you’re a sweetie, Britt, thank you. He was precious πŸ™‚

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